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Internet cafe customers want money left on their cards

10:14 PM, Mar 14, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Some customers of the Allied Veterans of the World internet cafes that were shut down Tuesday are crying foul.

They say the businesses owe them money.

Penney Owens came to one of the cafes, Hot Spot on Norwood Avenue on Thursday, to find a sign that said "closed until further notice."

It's one of more than a dozen internet cafes on the First Coast shut down by authorities.
 
"I actually came here at least once or twice a week," Owens said. "The last time I was here, they tell you can get only a certain amount off your card, so there's still more than $300 left on my card."
 
More than $300 on this card she said she is owed, money she planned to use to pay bills and have some fun. Now she fears the card is worthless.
 
"I'm upset because we come here and spend a lot of money and we win. We want what we get," she said. "I just came here and the door was locked and there is no number to call."
 
Owens is not alone. Dave Wood just got back in town and came to a Southside internet cafe to collect his winnings.
 
"I had $35 left off one of these cards here and they told me I could get the money off here at any time," he said. "I guess that turned out not to be true today. Now I need to know where to go to get my money."
 
It's a question the Commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement doesn't have the answer to.
 
"At last count we have, 50 something million dollars. I'm sure a small amount of that does belong to the players. I don't know if there is anything they can do it get what they had on the table at the time that we shut down the operation."
 
Wood says he may take legal action.
 
"I'm definitely going to pursue it and call my attorney if necessary, absolutely."

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